Do Something
  Mailing List
  Message Board

  maintained by:

  leave your thoughts/
  tribute to Harry:
check out the guestbook


  Click here to read Circle!

Home > News > WHY to Host Chapin Awards Dinner

WHY to Host Chapin Awards Dinner

May 5, 2001

Mike Grayeb, a World Hunger Year board member, wrote in with details for the following event. I misplaced the e-mail and didn't get it online in time for people to contribute, but would still like to post it so that everyone is aware of it.

Your Opportunity to Pay Tribute to Harry

As you may know, on July 16, 2001, it will have been exactly 20 years since Harry Chapin died tragically on the Long Island Expressway. Fans from around the world will be honoring Harry this year with various events, and I wanted to share one of them with you here, and give you the chance to honor Harry's memory and great work.

As you may know, in addition to being a prolific singer-songwriter, Harry was very involved in the anti-hunger movement. He believed that one person can make a difference. World Hunger Year (WHY), the organization Harry co-founded in 1975, continues today to make a difference.

Each year, WHY hosts a Chapin Awards Dinner, honoring media and grassroots anti-hunger groups that have a made a difference. This year's dinner is June 4th in New York City.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Harry's passing, and, more importantly, to celebrate the story of a life, we're going to feature a special tribute page within the printed journal for this year's Chapin Awards dinner, featuring salutes from Harry's fans.

For a donation to World Hunger Year, you can have your name and/or a quote included on the Harry Chapin tribute page.

Here's how it works. Simply visit World Hunger Year's web page (see the link below), and make your secure on-line donation to be included in the journal:

$25 donation: your name listed on the page
$50 donation: up to four lines of copy - about 100 character spaces (including your name)
$100 donation: up to ten lines of copy - about 250 character spaces (including your name)
If more than 10 lines/250 characters are requested, contact me separately for more info.

This is a great opportunity to honor Harry's memory and "do something" at the same time. You can include a quote from your favorite Chapin song, recall a favorite memory, or in your own words, tell what Harry means to you. It's our chance to show that Harry's legacy lives on.

It's easy to participate! Simply use a credit card to make your on- line donation and indicate the verbiage you want included in the journal. We'll even send you a copy of the journal after the June 4th event in New York City.

Here's the link to participate (just cut and paste it to your browser):

Hurry! All submissions must be received by May 1st. Here's to you, Harry.


Layout, design, images, and user-contributed text are © Copyright 1996-2009 The Harry Chapin Archive.

"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.



Harry's Music
Bottom Line Encore Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Dance Band On The Titanic*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Gold Medal Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Greatest Stories Live*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Harry Chapin Tribute
Heads & Tales
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Last Protest Singer
Legends Of Lost & Found*
Living Room Suite
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
On The Road To Kingdom Come
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Portrait Gallery
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Short Stories
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Sniper & Other Love Songs
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Story of a Life
Verities & Balderdash
      [Amazon] [iTunes]

* = Highly Recommended

The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs


In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!